Trigger Finger Treatment

Diagnosis

Usually, trigger finger is diagnosed simply by physical examination only, no other tests are required.

Treatment

Treatment of trigger finger can be non-surgical and surgical, depending on the severity of the symptoms.

Non-surgical Treatment

  • Resting and splinting—for mild symptoms, resting the finger so use of a splint to keep the finger in resting position may be enough.
  • Medications—anti-inflammatory drugs or a corticosteroid injection may be used if symptoms are moderate to severe.

 

Surgical Treatment

If non-surgical treatment options fail, your doctor may recommend surgery. The surgery is usually done under local anesthesia and does not require an over-night stay in the hospital. The aim of the surgery is to widen the tendon sheath so that it has enough space to glide through.

Recovery From Surgery
Some discomfort and soreness in the palm is normal. Your doctor may recommend that you elevate your hand above heart level; it will reduce pain and swelling. You will be able to move your fingers within a few hours after surgery. Physical therapy will help you regain strength and motion of your fingers. You may completely recover in a few weeks; however some swelling and stiffness may persist for about six months.

 

Sources
Mayoclinic.com
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/trigger-finger/DS00155
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
http://www.orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00024